[COLUMN] A beauty queen and the New York marathon

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach was able to accomplish one of her life’s major goals: to run and finish the New York Marathon. The beauty queen proudly shows of her medal after finishing her run.Photo from Instragram/@piawurtzbach

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach completed one of her life’s missions – the beauty queen recently ran and completed the New York Marathon that was held on Sunday, November 6.

In an Instagram post, Pia was very emotional about what it meant to be able to run in the popular and established marathon.

“The NYC Marathon wasn’t a race, it was an experience. A life lesson. Probably the best run of my life. I saw and felt so much. I AM SO HAPPY (crying emoji) and grateful, inspired, humbled, and emotional…lahat na,” she said in the post.

“This medal represents how important it is that we keep the promises we make to ourselves. To me, it was running because I wanted a new challenge, a new discipline — to be healthier & to step out of my comfort zone, to see how far I can go. I knew it would take time and dedication to achieve it but I wanted to stick to that promise no matter where life or work pulled me,” she added.

“Over the years, I got used to being at the service of others and most of my decisions revolved around work or pleasing others. This time, I stuck by running a marathon for me. This was my way of taking care of myself. And now, it has enriched my life so much because it has put me in a better place, so I feel recharged & energized to be of service to others,” Pia further stated in the post.

Towards the end of the post, Pia had a shout-out to family and friends who tracked her progress and who supported her throughout her journey, and a special mention to her coach, whom she said was very patient with her, and pushed and prepared her for run.

Pia also thanked the many people who put out signages and shouted their support at the marathon’s route: “I’m grateful for all the support and cheering on ground and online. I saw your signages, your messages, and posts — kahit sobra yung kaba ko and yung pagod 5 hours in, lumalakas loob ko [praying emoji].”

Now that she has finished the New York Marathon, which Pia said can be seen on her reel that documents her journey from training to the finish line, the beauty queen said she can proudly state the obvious: “Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach from the Philippines, proudly a NYC marathon finisher [heart emoji]  [Philippine flag] @nycmarathon.”

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Snookty Serna admitted in a vlog recently that she had gotten the iconic role of Madam Claudia Buenaventura in “Pangako Sa ‘Yo” only to get replaced as she was not able to fulfill a requirement for the role due to personal problems. Philstar.com photo

Snooky Serna, who was part of the ‘80s pack of teen stars at the top of their games, recently revealed in a vlog featured in an article in PEP.ph the one regret that she had – being replaced for what she considered a role of a lifetime because she was going through something personal at that time.

The role? It was for Madam Claudia Buenaventura in the hit TV series “Pangako Sa ‘Yo,” which starred Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales in 2000.

The iconic role of Madam Claudia went to Jean Garcia, who was able to establish herself again in the boob tube.

According to Snooky, she had auditioned for the role and was able to pass the audition, but she was unable to fulfill the other requirement.

“I was able to pass the audition. Then, there was a workshop. But I became embroiled with personal problems at that time, I was not able to do the workshop. Of course, I got replaced,” she said.

“And the person who replaced me, she is now one of the brightest stars in television. And I’m very happy for her, honestly. She is Miss Jean Garcia,” she added, as she wistfully said that she could have been Madam Claudia.

Also in the vlog, the actress revealed that she has felt insecure with her fellow stars in many instances, particularly when comparing the shape of their noses.

“There have been many times that you feel that someone else is better looking than you,” she said.

“They have a more beautiful nose than I have… I was very conscious before of my nose,” Snooky admitted.

But she says time has given her the chance to accept what she was given.

“But as time went by, it {the feeling of insecurity) went away. Finding security, I was able to accept the shape of my nose. I realized that if not for this nose, for all I know, people may not have been able to recognize me as Snooky,” the “Blusang Itim” star stated.

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Tiktok sensation Bella Poarch is taking a break from social media, but will address the issue of her divorce form husband Tyler when she’s ready to do so.
Photo from Instragram/@bellapoarch

Filipino American Tiktok sensation Bella Poarch is taking a break from social media. This was revealed in a recent Instagram post where Bella mentioned the divorce from her husband, Tyler.

“I’m sorry if everyone thinks I’ve been keeping a secret. I will address my divorce when I am ready to speak about it. In the meantime please respect mine and Tyler’s privacy. My team will be taking over my socials and posting certain obligations that need to be fulfilled. I will be taking a break from social media. Thank you [heart emoji],” Bella’s post stated.

Many of her friends and Instagram followers posted messages of support and blasted people who accused the social media maven and singer of being untruthful. Many of the messages sent love her way, while a few told people to mind their own business and told Bella to not be sorry as the issue is very personal.

It was a TMZ report on Sunday, November 6 which revealed that Bella had filed divorce papers in Los Angeles to end her four-year marriage to Tyler Poarch. The reason cited in the divorce filing was “irreconcilable differences.”

It came as a surprise to Bella’s 92 million followers that she had been married since January 2019.

The TMZ report also claimed that the couple do not have any children together, that Bella does not want either of them to pay spousal support, and that the documents don’t show that Bella will be taking off Poarch as her last name.

Bella, a U.S. Navy veteran (she was an aviation ordnanceman), rose to fame in Tiktok. She has the most-liked video in the platform where she lip syncs to the Millie B rap song “M to the B.” Her first song “Build a B*tch” was released in 2021. She just released her first EP, “Dolls,” last August (2022) which includes other songs like “Inferno,” “Dolls,” “Villain” and “Living Hell.”

In the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards, Bella was nominated for and won the Social Star Award.

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